Thank you for your messages snayl and steve; I was surprised to see that over 1500 people have read my retraction and only you two were motivated to post. So many people become "outraged" by something, yet do not have interest in dialoging about their concerns.
It is possible that a lot of people feel embarrassed that they believed the story and do not want to admit it.
Hello, I am new to skewnews.com.
By your own definition, I suppose, I am not one of the "regular readers" who would understand that your article was fiction. (Unlike many of the story's commenters, I was initially elated that the useless penny was being discontinued; yes, I am one of those guys.)
Despite your claim that it is a "satire website," I was unable to find a declaration of the kind anywhere. I did find the series of accuracy and reliability disclaimers in the Terms of Service, to which you alluded, but nothing about entertainment, fiction, editorial, humor, comedy, or the like. Indeed, I would have expected a mention in the TOS about satire, and thus the site being a protected form of free speech and all that, but found none. There doesn't seem to be any sort of "About Us" available either.
What did I miss?
To begin with the website is named Skew
News, which dictionary.com defines as, "to distort; depict unfairly."
The TOS on the site advises, "The materials on Skew News’s web site are provided 'as is.' Skew News makes no warranties, expressed or implied, and hereby disclaims and negates all other warranties, including without limitation, implied warranties or conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement of intellectual property or other violation of rights."
Additionally, the quoted costs for coin production are inflated, and the spelling of treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner's name (incorrectly cited as Giethner) are purposely wrong.
And finally, recent stories have included zombie attacks, a rabbit saving a family from a fire and NYC imposing mandatory wearable ID tags on people at all times.
The nickel story was idiocy, IMO, Henry. It was not satire, just false information you planted that was picked up and passed around as fact by dozens of websites.
I won't trust any website again.
I am sorry that I have destroyed your trust in the internet, steve. A healthy skepticism and a good sense of humor are usually both good things.